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Napoleon’s Hat Auctioned Off

dateline: 18 November 2014

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • iconic: characteristic, well-known
  • emperor: a ruler of an empire
  • auction: a public sale where the person who offers the highest bid wins the item
  • renovations: updates to a building or interior space

Napoleon’s Hat Auctioned Off

An iconic hat worn by Napoleon Bonaparte was in Paris on Sunday. The French emperor’s hat, which he always wore sideways in order to be recognized on the battlefield, sold for 2 million dollars to a collector from . The highest bid was about five times more than expected. Other items from the , including Napoleon’s scarf and stockings, were also sold in the auction. The items belonged to Monaco’s . The family’s goal was to raise money for palace renovations.

Comprehension Questions

    1. Who was Napoleon Bonaparte?
    2. Who had the winning bid?
    3. Who was selling this item and collection?

Discussion Questions: Do you have an antique or valuable item that would be worth auctioning off? How much do you think your item is worth? Does it have more “sentimental value” than “monetary value”?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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